Song

A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum

Australian Charts:
A Whiter Shade of Pale hit no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 12 July 1967.
www.poparchives.com.au/gosetcharts/1967/19670712.html
A re-release of the song peaked at no 17 on 9 September 1972.
www.poparchives.com.au/gosetcharts/1972/19720909.html

Wikipedia:
Keith Reid got the title and starting point for the song at a party. He overheard someone at the party saying to a woman, “You’ve turned a whiter shade of pale”, and the phrase stuck in his mind.
Gary Brooker said of his composition in Uncut magazine (2014):
“If you trace the chordal element, it does a bar or two of Bach’s ‘Air on a G String’ before it veers off. That spark was all it took. I wasn’t consciously combining rock with classical, it’s just that Bach’s music was in me.”
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Whiter_Shade_of_Pale

Songfacts:
Procol Harum’s lyricist Keith Reid explained: “It’s sort of a film, really, trying to conjure up mood and tell a story. It’s about a relationship. There’s characters and there’s a location, and there’s a journey. You get the sound of the room and the feel of the room and the smell of the room. But certainly there’s a journey going on, it’s not a collection of lines just stuck together. It’s got a thread running through it.”
www.songfacts.com/facts/procol-harum/a-whiter-shade-of-pale

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